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Review: Argo (2012)

A | **** | +2| Teens & Up*

The fact-based premise is almost enough to sell Argo by itself. Argo opens and closes as a tense political spy caper, but it’s also an affectionate send-up of the movie-making process. The old advice to writers to “write what you know” is applicable to movies about movies, from Singin’ in the Rain to The Artist, and few subjects inspire Hollywood — or appeal to movie fans and film critics — more reliably than Hollywood itself.   Read more >

Post: Frankenweenie [video]

Frankenweenie, Burton’s best film in years, is available in a number of editions: four-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo with 3-D Blu-ray and digital copy; 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo, and 1-disc DVD.   Read more >

Post: Looper [video]

Looper in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Hotel Transylvania [video]

Hotel Transylvania in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Finding Nemo [video]

Finding Nemo in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: On the Air: Catholic Answers Live, 9/28/2012

This Friday, September 28 I'll be appearing on the first hour of “Catholic Answers Live” (6pm–7pm EDT).   Read more >

Article: Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures on Blu-ray

The greatest action-adventure movie of all time is now available on Blu-ray. For now, of course, you can’t just buy Raiders of the Lost Ark; you have to get the 5-disc boxed set “Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures.”   Read more >

Article: Ghosts of the Abyss: The Other James Cameron Titanic Film

If you see only one James Cameron-directed movie about the Titanicand you should — see the one that doesn’t star Kate and Leo.   Read more >

Review: Finding Nemo (2003)

A | **** | +2| Kids & Up*

(New review for 3-D rerelease) Andrew Stanton’s Finding Nemo is the best father-son story in all of Hollywood animation, and maybe animation generally. It’s also a stunningly gorgeous film that exploits the potential of computer animation like no film before it and few films after it.   Read more >

Post: Singing to Babies (and Kids)

Our new arrival, Matthew, is going on a month old, and he’s learning a lot about the world. One of the things he’s learning is that when Papa holds him, it’s not delicious like with Mama —but Papa sings songs, which seems to interest him. Suz says that when he’s not hungry he seems to prefer to be held by Papa, which may have as much to do with my patented rocking hold technique as my crooning, but I like to think the crooning helps too.   Read more >

Post: Announcement: Where I’ll Be and What I’ll Be Doing

Everything is always changing, but August 2012 will go down as a month of particularly momentous milestones for the Greydanus family—some of which will have repercussions on my life and work, including my film review work, for many years to come.   Read more >

Review: ParaNorman (2012)

B- | *** | -2| Teens & Up*

Why does stop-motion animation work so well as a medium for the macabre, from The Nightmare Before Christmas to Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride to Coraline?   Read more >

Post: ParaNorman [video]

ParaNorman in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: “Reel Faith” Summer Season Finale!

Hard to believe 12 weeks has gone by, but the 2012 summer season finale of “Reel Faith” is upon us. David and I review The Odd Life of Timothy Green, ParaNorman, Hope Springs and more (watch NET live). You can also still catch our penultimate episode, covering The Bourne Legacy, Total Recall and more at the show’s website.   Read more >

Post: Spotlight: Comings, Goings, and a Whisper of the Heart

Last week, as anticipated in my “Where I am” post, my lady Suz and I welcomed our seventh child, Matthew Richard, into our happy, hugger-mugger family life … This week, our eldest is leaving us, at least for now. Sarah Elisabeth, who was only five when I began Decent Films 12 years ago, is college bound.   Read more >

Review: Whisper of the Heart (1995)

A | **** | +2| Kids & Up

(Reviewed by Sarah E. Greydanus) Even at their most stunningly far-fetched, Ghibli films also have a history of celebrating the details of everyday life: cooking, cleaning, planting, studying, mending, become important and precious functions, worthy of devoted attention … Whisper of the Heart may represent the studio’s simplest gesture of this honoring of everyday life.   Read more >

Post: Where I am

As I write these words Suz and I are listening to the whooshing sounds of our unborn baby’s heartbeat on a fetal monitor. Within a few hours, God willing, we’ll be holding our new baby. This is one reason I’ve had less time for writing reviews than usual, though there are others. If you want to know what I thought of The Bourne Legacy or Total Recall, tune in Friday to the penultimate episode of this summer’s “Reel Faith” season.   Read more >

Post: Ruby Sparks [video]

Ruby Sparks in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

B+ | ***½ | +2-2| Teens & Up*

The Dark Knight Rises is very nearly the thunderous finale that Christopher Nolan’s unprecedented super-hero trilogy needed after the pitch-black nihilism that Heath Ledger’s Joker brought to The Dark Knight … Yet something crucial is missing — a major omission that lingers over the whole trilogy, a question raised ever more insistently in all three films, and at best left unanswered, if not answered negatively.   Read more >

Post: On the Air: “The World Over Live,” “Catholic Answers Live!” & “Reel Faith”!

This week I’ll be all over Catholic media talking about The Dark Knight Rises: EWTN’s “The World Over Live” with Raymond Arroyo, “Catholic Answers Live” with Patrick Coffin, and our own “Reel Faith” with my co-host David DiCerto.   Read more >

Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

C | ** | +1| Kids & Up

Ice Age: Continental Drift is more like a Happy Meal than a movie. It’s another serving of exactly the same product that millions of families have been served before and will come back to again and again. Its brand-name familiarity and reassuring sameness are its stock in trade. Nothing is different except for the toys; last time it was dinosaurs, this time it’s pirates. It’s more resolutely like the three previous Ice Age movies than they are like themselves.   Read more >

Post: “Reel Faith”: The season continues

After last week’s July 4 hiatus, the second half of “Reel Faith”’s summer season continues this week as David and I review The Amazing Spider-Man, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Ted.   Read more >

Post: My favorite film blogging: Looking Closer & FilmChat

Regular readers have noticed that my film blogging has been lighter of late — and if anything, that trend is going to continue, for reasons that will become clear soon. For now, though, I want to highlight a welcome development in film blogging that I’m very much looking forward to following in the months and years ahead.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #21

Tangled, Thor, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Lilo & Stitch, The Incredibles, Star Wars, American Beauty and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #20

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Robin Hood, Babies, How to Train Your Dragon, Once, The Notebook, The Exorcist, The Awful Truth and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #19

Clash of the Titans, Alice in Wonderland, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Hayao Miyazaki, The 13th Day and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #18

How to Train Your Dragon, Alice in Wonderland, Green Zone, Avatar, Hayao Miyazaki, Up in the Air and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #17

Clint Eastwood, Avatar, Hotel Rwanda, Children of Men, Hayao Miyzaki, Lenten viewing, The Last Temptation of Christ, Dogma, Harry Potter and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #16

“Zorro: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2”, Up in the Air, Adam, Dan Brown, Terminator movies and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #15

Watchmen, international film, Up, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Exorcist, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Corpus Christi, The Wizard of Oz and more.   Read more >

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